The Divine Tragedy of Kevin Smith: Clerks III and The Praise of Banality

One of the things that makes Dante’s Divine Comedy a masterpiece is the constant sense of drive that pushing beneath it. Borrowing from the great poets of the western canon, the Florencia poet crafted one of the greatest stories of pilgrimage ever put to paper. And that story ultimately starts by mulling over the question ofContinue reading “The Divine Tragedy of Kevin Smith: Clerks III and The Praise of Banality”

Hummel Travel Log – The 2022 West Virginia Mothman Festival

West Virginia is very much the state it’s told to be in the media; a relatively small, poor, and rural state with some of the most sadly crushing poverty in the United States. It’s also quite beautiful! Its people are friendly, social, and kind! Capturing the tale end of the Appalachian Mountains, the geography gives theContinue reading “Hummel Travel Log – The 2022 West Virginia Mothman Festival”

Hummel Travel Log – Friday Night at the Tennessee Gospel Convention

A friend and former colleague of mine from my previous job at Main Street Nashville was kind enough to invite me this past weekend to a Gospel Convention. I had no idea what a Gospel Convention was or what I was signing up for, but I am glad I took a chance on attending theContinue reading “Hummel Travel Log – Friday Night at the Tennessee Gospel Convention”

Theodore Roosevelt’s “Strenuous Life” Speech Today

By Simon Maass Reading Theodore Roosevelt’s famous “strenuous life” speech nowadays elicits, mainly, two reactions. Firstly, one is struck by the strength of the late statesman’s character – Roosevelt’s biography leaves no doubt as to his sincerity in expounding “the doctrine of the strenuous life, the life of toil and effort, of labor and strife.”Continue reading “Theodore Roosevelt’s “Strenuous Life” Speech Today”